Originally Published by The New York Times
Fewer high school students are completing an important step in the college financial aid process, raising concerns about another “lost class” of college freshmen in the coronavirus pandemic.
As of early December, the number of high school seniors nationally who had filed a form known as the FAFSA — short for Free Application for Federal Student Aid — was down about 14 percent from this time last year, according to an online tracking tool that uses data from the federal Education Department.
While that’s a bit of an improvement over rates in November, which showed completions down about 17 percent, it’s still far below what it should be, advocates for college access say, and suggests many students aren’t on a path to attend college next fall. The FAFSA for the 2021-22 academic year became available on Oct. 1.
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